VC Lab and Fund

HBCUvc Lab and Fund is a student-run incubator for entrepreneurs. Selected founders receive mentorship, pitch coaching, micro-grants, and introductions to the HBCUvc investor network. The HBCUvc Lab and Fund accepts early-stage technology founders with a working prototype.

Applications are now open. Learn more and apply here.


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Venture Partners

The VC Lab and Fund is managed by second-year fellows in our HBCU Venture Fellows Program. They support sourcing and matching selected entrepreneurs to available resources and opportunities. Fellows gain on-hands experience in venture capital through deal origination, due diligence, and portfolio support.

The pilot cohort of the Venture Lab and Fund was launched in March 2020 by Whitney Griffith, Ime Essien, Dorian Holmes and Bryanna Barnett and supported four tech companies with HBCU founders (students and alumni).

Whitney GriffithHBCU Venture Fellow,
Howard University '19
Ime EssienHBCU Venture Fellow,Morgan State University '21
Dorian HolmesHBCU Venture Fellow,North Carolina A&T University '21
Bryanna BarnettHBCU Venture Fellow,Prairie View A&M University '20